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In the last month and a half or so, at least three of my friends have had their email hacked, and my father just had his hacked this morning. If any of you get a email from me that looks the *least* bit suspicious, don't open it. So far neither of my accounts have been hacked, but I am not cocky enough to believe that they are invulnerable to attack, especially as so many of my friends have already gotten hit.

I almost always have an informative subject on my emails, and I don't give a damn about weight loss plans, dieting, male enhancement pills, SeXxy hORnY giRLs GONE WILD, and I am most certainly not on maternity leave (that was the one that got my father). Any other such suspicious subjects (or no subjects) should also be avoided. If you're unsure about a particular email, hit me up on Facebook or send me a text. If you don't already have my phone number, ask and in the comments and I'll send you a personal message.
rensong: (Independence Day)
So, the whole black screen thing with my computer that has been a giant thorn in my side since December? Turns out, once I got to a *competent* Best Buy Geek Squad (which Kennewick's is so not), the problem was actually too serious to fix. Which meant Best Buy had to buy me a new computer because it was still under warranty! Granted, they only gave me an exchange that was worth the current value of my old computer, which was $475ish rather than the $650ish I paid when I got it new, but hey, it's still $475 that wasn't out of *my* pocket, and considering my old computer was two and a half years old? Not bad at all.

Anyway, this post is brought to you by my new HP Pavilion dv5! So, basically same make, slightly newer model, and it is happily *not* all "Chrome and Orynx finish!" or whatever it was, so it doesn't get all smeary the moment you lay your fingers on it. The touch pad is kinda weird and will take some getting used to, BUT I HAVE BUTTONS AGAIN! For volume and playing an pausing DVDs and wireless assistant and all that? BUTTONS! Glorious buttons! Old comp had that damned touch pad across the top that never worked - not from the day I first got it- which was irritating as all get out, but I didn't feel like it was worth going and complaining because the regular volume control bar worked just fine, and I never use any of the DVD stuff.

So, new computer! Which I did not get the extended warranty on because it would've cost me $250 bucks, and if this one does go and crash on me again in two years, I'd probably only get an exchange rate of $300 (and that's if I'm lucky), so I didn't think it was worth it. Hopefully if it is going to crash, it will happen in the next year so my factory warranty will cover it. ::knocks on wood::


Also, because I was in Point anyway and Best Buy is right next to MC Sports where he works, I was able to meet my friend JB for lunch. Since it had been like two years since I last saw him, that was a kind of a nice happenstance.

And now I'm am hanging with my former roommates Dustin and Dan watching NCIS and Castle and stuff at their place. Dustin even went and cleaned up all the useless trial programs and installed my anti virus for me on the new comp! Having techies for friends kind of rocks.
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After a month and a half of fuss, two computer tech places, and at least six or seven visits between them, it has finally been determined that the most likely problem with my computer going to black screen lies within the adapter cord. This was discovered totally on accident after I got it back the fifth time because we *all* wanted to make sure the problem was finally solved, so I hung out there for at least an hour waiting for the tell-tale flicker. And waiting. And waiting.

With all the waiting, the battery died down to less than half power, so I asked one of the tech people to plug it in for me using my own power cord. Sure enough, less than a minute after he plugged it in, the screen flicked and went black.

So, I've already gotten a new battery in the mail, and a new power cord is hopefully not far behind. *Hopefully* that will be the end of the issue, but after a month and a half of disappointment, I'm not getting aforementioned hopes up too high.


In other entirely unrelated news, holy cow does today seem to be dragging. Just over two hours into my day, and already it feels like I've been here twice that.
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Yay, B&N has informed me that my books are being shipped! \o/ Especially since I've been ohmygodsobored the last few weeks because I have been computerless (after two shops and three return visits each, it has been determined that the Black Screen of Death is likely a sign that my harddrive keeps freezing up and thus needs to be replaced, so it is ONCE AGAIN at the repair shop, this time for two weeks) AND without any new books to read since I finished that J.D. Robb one middle of last week, and as I have no life, this has led to much boredness. I have probably killed more brain cells vegging out in front of the TV in the last two weeks than I have since I regularly watched *at least* three hours of TV every night back in my high school and early college days because I have NOTHING ELSE TO DO. My only saving grace has been Um Friend who drags me away from my bored thumb twiddling to watch movies at his place once or twice a week.

Though, you know, I suppose I managed to entertain myself this weekend well enough, but that was mostly because the weather was finally working with us a bit. This coming weekend it might not be so kind.
rensong: (Stark - Bored Now)
Did the movie thing again last night. Watched "Prince of Persia", which is indeed well deserving of the praise you all gave it, and then I hung around a bit longer to watch an episode of Big Bang Theory. I had to work this morning still, so I didn't stick around past 8:30, but hurray getting out of the house for an evening!

In other news, my computer is still blacking out on me and going all non responsive after only a few minutes of use. I did take it in to one of the local computer techs to get it checked out by someone more informed about computer repair than Geek Squad, and he took out the hard drive and ran a diagnostics and it came up clear. He thinks it might've been a loose connection in the harddrive itself, because after he replaced it everything worked fine for him. Alas, it did not work fine for me, and it blacked out on me the first time I tried to use it after I got it back. On the bright side, the guy told me to bring it back if the problem came back and he'd repair it for free. Of course, the poor guy also had his store broken into a few days ago, so I figure he has enough on his plate without me doing the big brown puppy dog eyes and sad face and going "It's still broken."

Ugh, computers. My beloved Shadowlite never gave me this much trouble.
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::headdesks::

I cannot win. Computer issues still run rampant at work, and this morning my personal computer at home decided to go to black screen after I had been using it for a few minutes, and not even a hard restart could make it turn on properly again. I removed the battery - something that has worked in the past - and restarted, and it worked okay for another few minutes before it went to black screen again. Either my home computer now has a virus, or one of the automatic updates is causing havoc; one of the things I *really* disliked about Shadownight when I first got it was that the screen blinks out for a split second before the "new updates are available!" window pops up and asks me for permission to continue. This morning, Java was trying to update, so I suppose that might be part of the cause, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

Will try a few odds and ends tonight to see if that solves the issue; otherwise, I am off to Best Buy to see if the three year warranty I forked an extra $200 bucks for when I bought the thing covers viruses or whatever issue is causing me grief. Again, I am not getting my hopes up.

On the bright side, if I do have to do a total system reformat, I have everything backed up except for three or four documents and a few pictures. Granted, the three or four documents mostly involve stories I've written or updated the last few weeks, and it would really suck to lose all the new stuff, but suck is life (I typoed "such" as "suck", but as it fits what I am feeling right now, I'm leaving it)
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
This morning was my third and hopefully final assistance with the early morning paper route, so yay getting to sleep in tomorrow! Well, in a matter of speaking at least - 5:15 totally qualifies as sleeping in since I've been getting up at 3:30 the last three days.

In other news, I have my holiday cards finished and addressed and good to go, and all of the holiday ornaments I am sending out as well! I just... haven't made the effort to get to the post office yet. So, you know, they might be a bit delayed in the arrival. Just saying.

On the work front, the good news is I have my computer back! The bad news is something went wonky with the install of ArcGIS (which is kind of the program I need to actually do my job and stuff) and I can't access the geodatabase where I've been stashing all of the most up-to-date files, so I still can't do much. The problem should hopefully be fixed by tomorrow or Thursday, though. ::crosses fingers::

Lastly, I have two of the three fic prompt requests finished for my virtual presents! One I am pleased with, the other not so much, and the third is kicking my butt and so far I only have a third of a page written for it, but progress is progress.
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
I don't consider myself much of a bag person. I choose bags based on how much use they would get, not how fashionable they are or having a gazillion different bags to match all of my outfits. I don't do fashion, I do comfortable and convenience.

That said, eBags.com has got to be one of the awesomest sites ever, at least as far as shopping and usefulness. Why? Because not only do they have thousands of bags to choose from made with all kinds of different fabrics and all sorts of different sizes and styles, but you can enter the dimensions of your lap top and *they will give you all the options that fit it*.

I've been looking for a sleeve for my lap top or a new bag that I can fit it into while still having room for other stuff for quite awhile now, and I found one I liked within 10 minutes of running across that site. And *it was on sale*. And I got an entire back pack with a lap top compartment for the same price I would've spent on a nice sleeve from Target or somewhere.

*Technically* it told me my lap top wouldn't fit that particular bag, but I think they mean in that it might be a bit bigger - my HP Pavillion is something like 14"x10"x1.5", and the compartment on that bag is like 16.5"x13"x2". I guess I'll find out next week.
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This afternoon I discovered that the Fred Meyer grocery store on the south side of town has bread pudding in their deli. This does not bode well for my strength of will.

In other news, I have been attempting to watch last night's Castle on Hulu using my stolen wireless. So far it has taken me two hours to get through 35 minutes, and now i can't get the last 8 minutes to load at all... :( And it's the season finale, too.
Further incentive to get my butt in gear and get a damned wireless router sooner rather than later.

SPEAKING of wireless routers, this is just a reminder that the first Girls Night In planned for June will be two weeks from tomorrow. Grab your Serenity DVD and your computer and feel free to join us!
rensong: (Independence Day)
So, the computers at work are down. I logged out for lunch yesterday and I haven't been able to log in since, and neither has anyone else from the Outlook Building. Which means I have had precisely squat to do for the last two days at work, and because I take the Van Bus rather than my own vehicle (it's about a 20 mile drive from here to Ice Harbor, so that is a 40 mile long trip. With gas at $3.05 a gallon over here? Yeah, not going to use my gas if there is another option) pretty much every day, that means I don't have the option of going home myself once it has been determined that the computers are still down.

I was able to waste half a day or so this morning driving around and finishing up my GPS stuff at Big Flat HMU. The GPS thing itself took a whopping 20 minutes, but knowing the computers were down, I basically just drove around the HMU taking pretty pictures as a way to kill time. Got back to Ice Harbor in time for about a half an hour of working on The Tree Drawing that I have been doing in my office in lue of not being able to do my actual job, and then we went over to the dam for a meeting at 11 and a spaghetti dinner at 11:30, so that killed an hour and a half. Then I spent another half hour or so drawing The Tree some more (it's turning into a regular old masterpiece, I tell you) before Beth, who also can't do her job, said "Wanna go with me to Big Flat to get some pictures of the graffiti in the bathroom? Just as something to do?" around 1:30, and I was all over that. We proceeded to spend the next hour or so driving around checking out the rest rooms at the HMUs between Ice Harbor Dam and Big Flat, just in case the Graffiti Artist decided to tag more then one toilet (it's the important things, right? He/She hadn't, by the way). We were also able to kill a bit of time driving the long way around the river, too, because the road across th dam is was closed today (something I found out the hard way, and yay, I was able to kill another half an hour because of it!)

So, yes. That has pretty much been the case at work the last two days, because without computers, I got nothing. Here's hoping the computers are up and working again by tomorrow because I really don't have anything else to do anymore.
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Here's a video I found on Stumble, a war veteran giving a rather impressive speech. There are a few things in there I don't 100% agree with, but most if it - especially the stuff about racism - really does kind of make you sit up and take notice.

In other news, I am in the process of transferring files and stuff I hadn't already transfered from Shadowlite to Shadownight. Transferring Doctor Who episodes on a 1 GB junk drive? Really time consuming, but yay for having all of my videos in one place again!
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My computer restarting after it had downloaded and installed updates woke me up at 3:00 this morning, then it kept me awake doing the computer hum-and-grind noises as it finished the installations, finally stopping around 3:30ish (it also refused to go to Standby on its own after the installation was finished, so I had to get up to do that, too). Then the knowledge that roommate was going to be up and moving around between 4:30ish-5:30ish getting ready for work, and that I myself had to be up around 6:30ish to get to class on time kept me from being able to go back to sleep, so yeah, it's 5:45 am and I've already been awake for almost three hours. Stupid brain.

On the bright side, it has given me time to work on my Chemistry homework (which was a bit challenging yesterday seeing as I left my Chem book here because there wasn't enough room in my backpack for it and all the rest of my Wednesday folders and binders; I figured I would just walk home to retrieve it at the same time I dumped all my other stuff, then go back to school to work on my Chemistry homework. It would've worked great if I hadn't forgotten my house keys, so I was effectively locked out until roommate got home) a bit more, and I'll even have time to shower and stuff.

I do, however, predict multiple lattes in my near future, though. Maybe not right away because my brain is efficient (usually) and I can get up pretty much any time and still function quite well, even on only a few hours of sleep. The downside is I crash pretty hard three or four hours later when my body realizes it has been sleep deprived, so, you know, Remote Sensing lab should be fun.

ETA 7:03
Yeah, *now* I want to go back to bed. Alas, I have to leave for class in a half-hour. Caffeine, here I come!
rensong: (Stark - Bored Now)
My Windows Security Center is informing me that the version of Symantec Malware is an out of date copy, and I should download a new one. Since I use the university's free Symantec Antivirus, I'm not sure how to go about just downloading a new malware since everything else seems fine.

Arrg @ anti virus. I know I've asked this before, but does anyone know of a really good free antivirus that, like, actually works and stuff?

In other news, I am going stir-crazy from all the charcoal particle counting, which is all I've done today. ::goes stir-crazy::
rensong: (lesser species)
Right, so I did actually go and find myself a website - http://theriverramble.110mb.com/

Now the question is what the hell do I do with it.

So, like, help would be welcome. Otherwise it'll just remain the way it is until 110mb.com deletes it after a few months of inactivity.
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Anyone know if I can use Free AVG (anti virus) without having to uninstall Symantic?

In other news, HA! FINALLY! Both the season premier of Ghost Hunters from last night *and* last week's Ghost Hunter International Season finale are up on Hulu or Sci Fi channel. YAY! My soul is at peace now. Well, half of it. And I think the other half gets appeased tonight when Bones finally returns. Wohoo, here be a happy soul.
rensong: (Stark - Bored Now)
I am online on campus with the secure wireless! Yay!

It required I disable and delete the UWSP Wireless connection I had and then set it up all over again, which is not so yay, but hopefully I won't have to do that again until next password change.


In other news, my GIS lecture was canceled today, so now I have three two and a half hours to kill before my next class at 1. I could, of course, go work in my GIS lab somewhere, but I want food first. Specifically I want soup, and the soup place doesn't open until 11.

Also, I have discovered that I *can* drink a "steamer" with half a shot of expresso and not gag. This makes me yay cause I reeeeeally needed the caffeine this morning. It also made the barista look at me funny, but whatever, I call it win.
rensong: (not so far away)
Am on Shadowlight. Had to get my resume off of her, and since she hasn't been turned on in almost a month, she decided it was high time to download a bunch of updates. Since I love her and since I haven't visited her as much as I said I would, I am letting her have her own way and update to her little silicon heart's content.

Today has been unproductive for the most part. I am still in the middle of a rather long laundry marathon. Four loads as compared to my usual 1 or 2. I really have no idea how I managed to acquire so much dirty laundry after only slightly longer than a week since I last did the wash. Though, I suppose since I am also washing my sheets, that might account for about a loads worth of it.

I think I will apply for that internship with Earth magazine (which is why I'm on Shadowlight - a bunch of my files didn't make it over in the transfer from Light to Night. I am totally not surprised). It's only 12 weeks if I do get it, and Mandy said she would totally be interested in closing up the house for the summer and moving down there with me for her own reasons. The possibility of having a friendly face down there has halved the fear - I'm still "OMG!" about it, but not as much. And again, without any experience writing professionally, I highly doubt I'll get the job. I do know that I would always regret it if I don't try, though.

Aaaand it appears that Shadowlight is now happily updated, and is telling me that I need to shut down in order finish installing them. Since my food is done, I will not argue with her. ::pets Shadowlight::
rensong: (lesser species)
Once upon a time, back in ye days of Windows 98 and earlier, Windows used to come with a million desktop themes, like "Space" and "Nature" and "Jungle" and stuff like that. Anyone know if they still do that? And if so, where might I find such themes?
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Anyone want to suggest a free photo manip program? I don't have one on Shadownight yet, and I have kinda been missing that a bit.

In other news, I haven't accomplished anything, at all, all day. Wouldn't the world be a nice place if dishes could be washed all by themselves? And osmosis really did work?

::apparently has no motivation even with impending Class Bombing::
rensong: (lesser species)
Wow. Is it just me, or is Microsoft Outlook kinda weird? Or, you know, stupid.

I just used the Outlook Express email on this thing for the first time, using my Gmail account as the default account. It decided it needed to add, like, almost every email I had sent or received in gmail since I got the account back in 2005 was it? Anyway, my computer is *still* loading a bunch of the 175 emails I received (I guess I should be grateful that it doesn't appear to have sent every one of my daily Garfield comics, which I have been receiving since 2006 or longer) in the last three years, despite how, you know, I'd already deleted them in my actual gmail account.

Outlook and I have never really gotten along, so I'm not entirely sure it's worth it to actually use the darned thing. I only opened it because it's easier to just click on the email of someone and let Outlook set it up automatically for me than to go into my account and copy and paste the address I want to send something too.


Aaand now it's sending 2 of 3 messages, and I have no clue what those messages might be. So, um. Anyone who randomly receives an ancient email from me? Totally not my fault.
rensong: (lesser species)
(Or this is me channeling Draco from Draco Malfoy, the Amazing Bouncing... Rat?)

Norton Anti Virus pops up while I'm reading fic

Norton: Would you like to check for updates on your virus protection?
Me: No! I am reading smut! Begone, you irritatingly insistant machine! ::flaps hands in the universal "be gone!" sign::
rensong: (not so far away)
...

Totally random thought, but does anyone else find it kind of... startling? that we're less than a year and a half away from the year 2010? Just a thought that occurred to me just now. I was thinking about Shadownight's warranty, and how in three years it will run out and I was wondering if I would have an excuse to make them spend money on her between now and then, and wondering if Microsoft Office will still be worth using or if they would have fork over another 70 bucks to upgrade to Microsoft Office... Woah, 2010.

Wasn't it just a year or two ago that we were all worried about Y2K?
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* Hydrogeology test was just as horrid as I feared. I'll be lucky to get a 50% on it. Thankfully, we have two more tests in which I'll hopefully be able to make up for it.
* Got a new radiator cap for Coyote. Hopefully this means the coolant will stop foaming into the engine and instead, you know, *flow* through the engine and cool it off better. I'm rather surprised he hasn't overheated yet. Extremely happy about it, but still surprised.
* Also got him new windshield wipers cause the ones he had would do more smearing than wiping when it came to light rain. Hopefully they aren't too complicated to install.
* Got groceries. Found Rush Hour 3 on sale for $9 at Copps. Bought it, cause I heart Rush Hour, even the less-than-thrilling third chapter. Now I just need the first two.
* Went to K-Mart and exchanged the shirt I got for the same one only in a larger size.
* Still haven't gotten to Best Buy to complain about the volume thing on Shadownight. At least since Dustin messed around with the volume controls a bit, it's actually working about 3 out of 5 times. Progress is progress.
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I mentioned this before, but the volume on Shadownight doesn't work very well. Everything except the volume seems fine, though I admit that I haven't tried to play any dvds or downloaded episodes on it, so the rest of the "buttons" up by the volume - like play, pause, skip forward, skip back, etc - also might not work.

Do you think that's worth going back to Best Buy and doing the warranty thing? I mean, I don't really want to be difficult, but the volume is something i use a *lot*, and if it only works occasionally, it's really really frustrating.

If I do do the warranty thing, I'm also afraid that I'll end up having to turn in my computer for a different one and have to transfer all my files again, which is just annoying and time consuming and I've already spent three hours doing that this month, darnit.

I miss Shadowlite.
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If I wanted a star-strewn laptop skin with the stars and maybe a few constellations labeled (and maybe glow in the dark, cause that would be cool), where would I go?

Says the girl who is very tired of smeary finger prints all over her the onyx part of her "chrome and onyx" shell.

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